Andrea Agnelli needed Tremendous League to compete with Name of Responsibility and Fortnite
Andrea Agnelli of Juventus has spoken after the fall of the European Super League (ESL) and admitted that the competition can no longer continue as planned.
Agnelli was one of the executives pushing for a new ESL over the weekend when six Premier League clubs announced their plans to join.
However, after setbacks from fans, experts and other Premier League clubs, the “Big Six” decided that switching to the European Super League model was not in their best interests.
Agnelli has now spoken about the demise of the competition.
“I mean, I don’t think this project is still ongoing,” Agnelli admitted, as quoted by Metro.
“We didn’t threaten anyone – we still want to take part in the national competitions. The tradition of football lies in the national championships.
“Fans are important to us and must have the chance to come to the stadium every Sunday.”
Agnelli then outlined his reasons for starting the ESL, and attracting a younger audience was key to his plans.
“The younger ones want to see important events,” he added. “They are not as competitive as the previous generations, including mine.
“A third of fans worldwide follow Super League clubs, the 10% follow footballers, not clubs, and the most worrying statistic is that those between the ages of 16 and 24 have no interest in football at all.
“The Super League simulates what young people are doing on digital platforms in competition with Call of Duty, FIFA or Fortnite.”
SL View – Is Agnelli Right in His Assessment of Young People?
While he has some points that the next generation is less involved in football, his way of solving this is flawed.
Even if the ESL did attract new fans, the games would soon be stale and uncompetitive, and the same fans would soon stop watching.
The problem with football for young people is more of the ticket prices in the UK.
Tickets for a football match cost between £ 30 and £ 70 for a normal game day.
That’s a fee people ages 16 to 24 can’t afford to pay on a regular basis, and that was before the pandemic.
A conscious effort to bring the cost of football down to the fans would be a much more welcome approach to saving the game we love.
Also read: What did each club say when all six Premier League teams withdrew from the European Super League?